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Katherine Bain Gaston

Posted By Hall-Wynne On May 3, 2008 @ 12:00 am In Obituaries | No Comments

Katherine Secord Bain Gaston passed away in peace attended by family at Carolina Meadows Health Center Saturday May 3, 2008.

Her strength and grace will continue to serve as inspiration to both family and friends. Kathy was born in Seattle, WA on July 24, 1933 at Swedish Hospital. She was the second child of the late Dr. Charles Grant Bain and the late Mrs. Katherine Secord Bain. Kathy grew up in Chehalis, WA and graduated from Chehalis High School in 1951. She attended and graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1955. While attending The University of Washington she was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority. After graduation, she moved to New York City for her Dietetic Internship at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center which she completed in 1956. She then returned to Seattle in 1957 and was hired as the first clinical dietician on staff at The University of Washington Hospital. While in Seattle, Kathy met then married the late Dr. Erskin Alton Gaston II of Shreveport, LA in 1960. Their union together lasted more than thirty years. In their early years they lived in Pensacola, FL; Corpus Christi, TX; Memphis, TN; New York City and Los Angeles. With their two young children, the family settled in Dallas, TX during the summer of 1969. Kathy’s professional career was as a Registered Dietician specializing in Chronic Diseases and Public Health. Her years of experience in dietetics led her to the Dietetics Division of The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center as Coordinator & Career Counselor for The School of Allied Health. She retired in 1997.

Kathy always enjoyed trying new activities and appreciated all types of sports. Her love of the mountains led her to snow skiing, hiking and camping that she enjoyed over many years of family vacations to Utah and Wyoming. Her adventurous spirit led her to travel the United States and also abroad to England, Scotland, Italy, Mexico and Canada. She always enjoyed local cultures, specialty cuisines and an area’s history during a trip. She loved to play the piano and sang with a lovely soprano voice. In her later years she found great joy in learning to play the dulcimer and studying traditional music of early America. In 2005, Kathy relocated to Chapel Hill, NC where she continued to follow her loves and interests; history, spectator sports basketball, hockey and football, family, music, church, travel, theatre and making new friends. Throughout her life, Kathy lent her talents, gracious manner and wonderful sense of humor to numerous clubs and organizations including: Pi Beta Phi, PEO , The American Dietetics Association, Bent Tree Country Club, The Dallas County Medical Society Auxiliary, The Dallas Museum of Art, Hidden Hill, The Church of the Incarnation Dallas TX, ECW, News & Views and St. Benedicts Anglican Church.

Kathy is survived by daughter Amanda Ballew, her husband Scott Ballew and their son Evan Ballew of Durham, NC; son Alton Gaston his wife Jeanine Gaston , their daughter Drea Gaston and Chase Stricker of Murphy, TX.; sister Peggy Northrop of Davis, CA; brother and sister-in-law Jim and Connie Bain of Seattle, WA. Dear to her heart, Kathy leaves a loving extended family of nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews, cousins and so many loving friends across the country. The family would like to thank, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, staff of Carolina Meadows, UNC Hospice and all the many friends that have loved and supported Kathy and her children during recent weeks.

In lieu of flowers, a donation in Kathy’s memory to either of the following organizations is sincerely appreciated: UNC Hospice P.O. Box 1077 Pittsboro, NC 27312 OR N.C. Children’s Hospital c/o Crystal Hinson Miller Campus Box 7220 Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7220

A Memorial Service in Celebration of Kathy’s life will be held 11:00 AM Friday May 9, 2008 at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 82 Kimberly Road, Durham, NC 27707 919 493-5451.

On-line memorials: www.hallwynne .com. select obituaries. Hall-Wynne Funeral Service is assisting the Gaston family.


Condolences for the family of “Katherine Bain Gaston”

Condolence from Mr. & Mrs. Arthur Rogers on May 6th, 2008 12:00 am

Amanda & family ~

We’re sorry to hear that your mother passed away. She was a beautiful and remarkable woman.

Your family’s in our thoughts and prayers.

With deepest sympathy,

Caroline, Arthur, Henry, and Edward Rogers

Condolence from jeanne bagwell on May 7th, 2008 12:00 am

Amanda
I was so sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom. May you and your family be comforted in your memories in the days to come.
God bless you and keep you.
Jeanne

Condolence from Ina Evans on May 7th, 2008 12:00 am

Dear Amanda,
I reach out to you and your family with deepest sympathy and understanding.The special relationship you had with your mother enhanced both your lives.
May the memories of happier times help you cope with your sadness.

Condolence from Barbara Cragin Williams on May 7th, 2008 12:00 am

To The family of beautiful Kathy, our Pi Phi sister and dear friend. We loved her sense of humor and caring personality, especially the infectious laugh and smile. Kathy, you have left us too soon. We shall always toast you at our reunions! Thanks for the friendship.
Dear family, know she is at peace and how she loved you all so much.
Pi Phi love.
Barbara Williams

Condolence from Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Carrington, Sr. on May 8th, 2008 12:00 am

Amanda & Alton,

We offer our deepest sympathy for the passing of your mother. She was a lovely and gracious lady, so thoughtful and generous, and we keep you, Scott, and Jeanine; as well as Evan, Drea and Chase in our thoughts and prayers. May all of your happy memories with her sustain you during this difficult time.

Peace to you,
Caroline, Christopher, Chase & Camilla

Condolence from Dick & Mary Alice Moore on May 13th, 2008 12:00 am

We have pleasant memories of our visits with Kathy in Bernice and one long-ago dinner in Dallas with her and Erskin. She was indeed a gracious lady. Thinking of you, Dick & Mary Alice

Condolence from doris hinton on June 25th, 2008 12:00 am

Amanda & Alton,
I was sorry to read of Kathy’s passing. She was such a lady. I know she loved the two of you very much. You always made her proud. Amanda, she spoke so highly of you & Scott & how wonderful it had been to share your sweet little boy. I also know Alton she was pleased with your marriage & I am sure she also cherished your children as well. The obituary in the paper was so fitting as she seemed to always think of others not herself. Cherish her wonderful memories & always keep her love in your heart.
Doris Hinton

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